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Tag: Public School
July 2, 2013 | 11:00 am
August 14, 2012 | 3:38 pm
As anyone who read the article in this week’s issue of The Journal about the dearth of healthy, hot and kosher lunches in Los Angeles Jewish schools learned, bringing a bagged lunch is probably the healthiest and best thing a parent can do for their children at lunchtime.
December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm
February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pmAfter visiting a Los Angeles public charter high school where mostly poor and working-class young people receive an education, I went home and turned on the Democratic presidential debate and saw that the subject of public schools was hardly mentioned.
I wasn't surprised. Although...
October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pmI sometimes wonder what the Prophet Isaiah would think about Pasadena.
It was Isaiah whose words we just read this past Yom Kippur.
God, speaking through Isaiah, says, "Do you think the fast that I demand this day is to bow down your head like a bulrush? No! The fast I demand is...
September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm
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May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pmIn the space below, list all patents you have received in the past four years:
Nothing? Not even one lousy invention?
And you expect to get into college?
No kidding, my niece, Lesley, came upon this question on the 2007 entrance application to the Massachusetts...
January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pmWe're in the middle of one of America's greatest ethnic transformations, the winning of political, cultural and economic power in Los Angeles by men and women whose roots are in Mexico and other countries south of the border. But many of us whose ancestors immigrated here decades ago...
March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm
On the first rainless Sunday morning in weeks, hundreds of Los Angeles teens have forfeited the chance to soak up the sun and opted to learn instead. In one classroom, a group analyzes the Jewish subplot in an episode of "Jack & Bobby," while down the hall others struggle over the...
August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm
"Pay me to read? That would be awesome," my son Jeremy says.
Not only is he perpetually in debt, but he was also faced with a formidable list of books to read before beginning sixth grade at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge on Sept. 5.
"But it would be wrong," he...
December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pmFour years ago, when Robyn Ritter Simon's eldest son was ready to start kindergarten, she looked at her local public school and found it lacking. It was not that Canfield Elementary School fell short academically. The Simons live in a West Los Angeles neighborhood that is heavily...
May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pmThe subject arose over dinner in a neighborhood restaurant. Have you heard, asked a friend who's generally up on current affairs, that the new governor wants to open the University of California system to the top 4 percent of every high school graduating class? The implications...